Watching Jeff DaVanon

Watching Jeff DaVanon

A weblog devoted to #55 of the Anaheim Angels, Jeff DaVanon. How is he doing? Is he getting his due respect yet? Let's watch and see...

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Thanks for the demonstration of what not to do

So Jeff gets called on to pinch hit in the top of the 9th. There are 2 people on base, 1 out, game tied up. Nice little RBI opportunity (and Jeff, you could use some more RBI's.)There are a lot of things Jeff could do here, lots of options, let's go over them and play along:
a) Hit a home run. Hey, I can dream OK? This would be nice, lots of RBI's, game won, Jeff ups his pinch-hitting stock.

b)Hit a fly ball that drops in a gap

c)Hit a deep fly that gets caught.

d)Hit a nicely-placed line drive or other bouncing hit with lots of velocity

e)Hit a wimpy bloop directly to the second baseman who is so going to throw your ass out on the clean-up end of a double-play, thus ending the inning

So with all these options, why not pick e right? (edited to add: "pick" is a misleading term perhaps, implying an absolute level of control over the outcome that doesn't really exist, I get that, no one else is allowed to e-mail me about it. )

Which Jeff does.

Only Kennedy, not relishing the idea of (at best) facing extended innings for the 3rd time in a week, and probably thinking of all the angry dart fans who were pissed on Sunday when their televised game/match/whatever you call a pro dart contest/thing was pre-empted on FSN for the extra innings of the baseball game, took it upon himself to save Jeff's bacon, save the team's bacon, and save his own bacon (since he's still not hitting what I like to call "well")and do this kick-ass, semi-late slide into the ball-weilding shortstop, who then **couldn't complete** the double play, which had been inevitability embodied up to that point.

Kennedy gets a free pass from me this week. He can bat .000 and I won't say a word except "Go A.K!" "I Love You AK!"

Then Chone, having completed his detailed study of "3rd base line drives that I haven't been able to catch", passes his final exam and hits a 3rd base line drive that he wouldn't be able to catch, and neither can the Pirate 3rd baseman.

2 runs score (including Jeff). And then Frankie holds off the still-threatening Pirates for the rest of the inning to end the game with the Angels' win intact.

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